The United States Congress designated the Pinto Mountains Wilderness (map
) in 2009 and it now has a total of 24,348 acres
All of this wilderness is located in California
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Pinto Mountains Wilderness is bordered by
the Joshua Tree Wilderness
to the south.
The Pinto Mountains Wilderness is located on Bureau of Land Management lands on the Joshua Tree National Park's northern boundary. The rugged Pinto Mountains rise sharply up from the northern edge of the Pinto Basin, a gigantic alluvial plain in the park. Roughly half of the Pinto range is inside the park and is managed as the Joshua Tree Wilderness.
The Pinto Mountains Wilderness hosts a variety of rare and fascinating species, including American badger, Bendire's thrasher, California leaf-nosed bat, desert tortoise, Nelson's bighorn sheep and pallid bat. The Fish and Wildlife Service has identified the area as "Critical Habitat" for the future survival of the desert tortoise.
Portions of the Pinto Mountains have long been worked by miners. However, the Wilderness is comprised of the most rugged and least disturbed portion of the range that lies outside of the park.